WARREN Guilty plea in shooting of baby
The defendant faces up to 20 years in prison.
By PEGGY SINKOVICH
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
WARREN -- A 20-year-old Austintown man has pleaded guilty for his role in the Sept. 2, 2000, shooting of a 13-month-old boy.
Odomie Wellington, 20, of Vollmer Drive entered guilty pleas Wednesday to charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and felonious assault.
Wellington faces up to 20 years in prison. In exchange for his guilty plea, Diane Barber, an assistant Trumbull County prosecutor, agreed to dismiss a charge of aggravated robbery.
Judge W. Wyatt McKay of common pleas court said Wellington will remain under house arrest until he is sentenced.
Upset: During the court hearing, family members of the victim became upset that Wellington was not taken to jail after his plea. The family members said that Wellington had threatened them earlier in the day.
"While he was out in the hall he said that he was going to 'highlight us,' and I take that as a threat," said Raquel Haymon, aunt of Kyreese Haymon, the infant who was shot.
Wellington said he did not make the comment, however. "I don't even know what that [highlight us] means," Wellington said.
A Trumbull County deputy told the judge that members of the victim's family also had threatened Wellington. The victim's family denied the allegations.
Brandy Trimble, mother of Kyreese, said she doesn't feel safe knowing that Wellington is not in jail.
"My baby is doing better now but he spent a month on life support," Trimble said. "I don't think it's right that he is allowed to be out."
Indicted: Wellington's brother, Delainey, and his friend, Brandon Little, who listed a Youngstown address, also have been indicted in the shooting.
Delainey Wellington, 18, pleaded guilty in November to a felony charge of obstruction of justice for lying when he was questioned about the shooting. He was sentenced to five years' probation.
Little's case is scheduled to go to trial next month. He is free on $50,000 bond on charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, and felonious assault.
What happened: Kyreese was shot during what police said was an apparent robbery at his father's 764 Parkman Road S.W. home about 8:30 p.m.
Police were told that the child's 16-year-old baby-sitter had brought the baby, the Wellington brothers and Little to the Parkman Road S.W. home around 8 p.m. Sept. 2.
The baby-sitter went into the home with the child and the three men waited outside, police said.
The three then entered the home and attempted to rob Kyren Haymon, the child's father, police said. Once the three were inside the home, the shooting began, police added.
Kyreese and Kyren were wounded. The boy spent several weeks in a Pittsburgh hospital with head and chest wounds, police said.
The baby-sitter pleaded guilty in November to a charge of delinquency by way of obstruction of justice. She was given six months of house arrest and a six-month suspended jail sentence.